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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SCREC Cherimoya tasting
« on: December 07, 2018, 04:27:40 PM »
This is a very worthwhile event, but I recommend showing up at least 45 minutes early to get in line to register for the free tasting and to buy a bag to take home.  Last year  you could buy a small or large bag and pick your own choice from the different varieties from crates to fill up the bag. Some of the better ones ran out fast.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lemon guava has separation issues..
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:20:37 PM »


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian cargo grounds plane - fun read
« on: November 09, 2018, 02:33:45 PM »
Better yet, check this out, about the Forum's own durianwriter!

Great Article! Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Miracle fruit air layer
« on: October 26, 2018, 02:08:25 PM »
If you keep it on the tree for now the roots will continue to develop, which I would recommend until you have some decent roots.  The more developed the roots on the air layer the better chance for survival once separated. 

Mine grows like a weed in the ground in Orange County California,  8-10 ft.  No flowers or fruit yet.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  My other Elaeagnus have fruited readily and at a much smaller size.

I just potted up some seedling Golden Pearls ( Solanum villosum) and Wonderberry (Solanum retroflexum). I have extra seedlings of both if anyone wants to pick up the seed tray. I'm in Lake Forest, CA.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone grow black goji berry?
« on: May 25, 2017, 12:47:20 PM »
I ordered some from

I had nearly full germination in January but they seem much more delicate plants then normal goji. Out of 20 seedling only 7 survived to be potted up to 1 gallon pots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: growing black goji
« on: February 06, 2017, 12:29:09 AM »
Thanks all for the useful information. Scott, I hadn't known that about their salt tolerance/preference ,  good to know. I have a sunny spot near where my orange goji thrive. I might just visit the beach to collect a very small amount of beach sand to mix in with native loam where these will end up. Thanks again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Training my mulberry
« on: February 06, 2017, 12:19:24 AM »
Thanks for the advice everyone. I think I'll be cutting off most vertical growth, and keep 2 or 3 well placed new branches to train downwards each year. The M. Nigras, or at least this one, is a lot slower growing than the Albas I've seen, so I'm not too concerned about it becoming a monster any time soon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Training my mulberry
« on: February 04, 2017, 08:02:22 PM »
Some of what I've read says it induces hormones that increase production.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / growing black goji
« on: February 04, 2017, 02:05:20 PM »

I have soon black going that recently germinated. I've heard they are harder to get established then normal goji, with high die offs especially in the hardening off phase. Anyone have some experience with these with advice to share? Soil mixes etc that have worked well?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Training my mulberry
« on: February 04, 2017, 01:49:47 PM »

I love the fruits of my Morus nigra, but production seems concentrated on branches naturally bending down. I read that bending down branches promotes production and reduces vertical vigor. Any one know how effective this is on mulberry?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Halley’s Comet At Home Depot $6.95
« on: January 05, 2017, 10:58:44 PM »
The home Depot in Lake forest have been carrying this brand's Hailey comet for a couple months. Was pleased to see they finally had a named variety.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cherimoya tasting canceled?
« on: December 20, 2016, 08:42:33 PM »

I just visited the site, still looks on to me. Sucks, I'll be in Costa Rica at the time. Poor me...

Gary is also just a nice guy. Knows his stuff, especially when it comes to soil. I buy odds and ends from him though his selection is not necessarily for crazy zone pushers. He stocks mostly plants he knows will thrive in the orange county area. Good selection of those. Nice source of figs too.

My favorite by far is Silas Wood.  But I'm a candy junkie and taste is subjective. Fruits are small but it produces a lot and started producing while quite small. Super sweet.

My Morena has great vigorous upright growth and production. But I let them rot as I'm not fond of their strong taste. Looking to trade it out for an Alano if anyone is interested in my area. Currently in a 15 gal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to hunt for fruit in California?
« on: November 17, 2016, 01:44:19 PM »
The cherimoya tasting in Irvine mentioned  is a must.  Free, usually a dozen plus varieties,  and you can purchase bags of them at an extremely low price to take away.

Yeah, good idea. I have a couple that I'm trying to root now. Also just added purple possum and Red Rover earlier this year. I'll have to check those and see if they are infected like the Frederick.

Thanks. Joy, a new type of scale to add to my colllection.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Eggs? Alien invasion? Please help identify.
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:45:58 PM »
Hi, can anyone identify these? Discovered while cutting back my passion fruit. New to my garden. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 56 Tamarillos. Will I miss the relish?
« on: November 03, 2016, 06:11:59 PM »
Solko probably has the right idea here, but instead of picking,  I'd take the whole darn branch with fruits still attached, put the branches in a pail of water and take indoors to ripen naturally on the branch. Branches should survive a month or two, especially if you remove leaves. It's not ideal, and I've never had to do it, but it might work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa Review (Video)
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:28:05 PM »
They are commonly used for landscaping in orange county.  Here's last weeks haul from a local park. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need recs on Pineapples
« on: September 14, 2016, 01:27:39 AM »

This place has a few like Elite Gold, Smooth Cayenne and Kona white. Seems reasonably priced though I have yet to buy anything from them.

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